Monday, December 15, 2014

Cruising With A Baby - Part I

I live to vacation. Honestly my ultimate dream job would be to take over Samantha Brown's tv show one day. How lucky is that woman.  But since the Travel Channel isn't exactly knocking down my door I guess I will just have to stick to paying for my own vacations.

Dustin and I love traveling and it was a goal of ours to keep it up even after Boston was born and so far we have done pretty good. Boston is only 7.5 months and he has already been to Chicago, Disney World, and last week he went on his first Royal Caribbean cruise. Lucky boy!

The trip started Friday when Dustin picked me up from work and we headed straight to the airport to catch a flight to Fort Lauderdale. We ended up getting bumped up to first class which always makes traveling with a baby so much easier. The extra space is very convenient and the fact that most of the people around you are drinking takes some of the pressure off worrying that Boston may lose his cool. I mean aren't most of us a little more friendly after a few drinks? But we ended up getting super lucky and he slept through the entire flight which was allowed me to sneak in a couple glasses of wine, dinner and an inflight movie. Amazing!
Flying with a Baby
The next morning we woke up, had breakfast and headed straight to the beach to dip Boston's toes in the ocean for the first time. He was a little unsure about it but he didn't cry so I'll call it a success. 
Fort Lauderdale Beach
Fort Lauderdale Beach
The weather was perfect so we wanted to spend more time outside but wanted to get Boston in the shade so we washed off our sandy feet and headed to the hotel pool. We stayed at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort which was gorgeous and the pool did not disappoint. They had chairs in the sun and the shade along with private cabanas you can rent each day. We weren't in the market to rent a cabana since we can never tell how long Boston will be happy doing whatever it is we want to do, so we found a couple seats in the shade and the guy next to us was so sweet to scoot over and give B his very own pool chair. He lounged, played with some toys we brought and had what we call "poolside bottle service".  
Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort
That evening we went to dinner at a restaurant connected to the hotel called S3. They had some awesome sushi and we loved the lounge setup outside. And Boston made a friend with a sweet dog who had filet mignon for supper. 
Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort
We loved the restaurant so much we went back for lunch the next day just before our scheduled time to board the cruise ship but unfortunately right after our appetizers and drinks were delivered the place caught fire. No joke. We were sitting there and all of a sudden we started seeing white smoke and then all the cooks came running out of the kitchen screaming to evacuate. We grabbed our stuff and hightailed it out of there but I accidentally left my brand new sunglasses D had bought me for our anniversary. Such a bummer but I am glad we all made it out safe.
Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort
Since we didn't get to eat we were starving so the first thing we did when we boarded the boat was grab lunch. B loved the mashed potatoes. 
Royal Caribbean Cruise
And then we wandered around and had some fun while we waited for our room to be ready. We took the Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas which has a full on Boardwalk complete with a donut shop, hotdog stand, Johnny Rockets, and a carousel. It is so crazy what they can put on a boat these days!
Allure of the Seas
They even decorated the boat for Christmas which was gorgeous.
Allure of the Seas
And then as soon as the room was ready we had to check out the balcony. This view is making me want to go back already. 
Allure of the Seas
We ended our eventful day with dinner. The dining staff was so great with Boston and they seriously went above and beyond to keep him and us comfortable each night. They brought him fruit trays, made him special steak and veggie purees, and even offered to hold him when he got fussy so we could finish our dinner. Seriously the best customer service I have ever experienced.
Allure of the Seas
After dinner we went straight to bed because when we woke up we would be in the Bahamas for another fun filled day. Stay tuned for part II!

XOXO,
Summer Ann

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